News & Commentary
posted in November 2005
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Microsoft Readies Online Classifieds Service
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
The service, being tested internally, would help people sell personal items over Microsoft's instant messaging, social networking, or local search services.
Blinkx Enters Search Toolbar Distribution Deal
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
For The Times and The Sunday Times, the partnership with Blinkx will strengthen the newspapers' online offerings through the added value of passive contextual searches.
Software Chief Resigns From HP
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Nora Denzel, senior vice president and general manager of Hewlett-Packard's Software Global Business Unit, resigned for personal reasons; her last day of work will be Dec. 9.
Sun Says It's Free: Java Enterprise System Now Available
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Open-source code includes Identity Management Server and Directory Server
Scientists Take Small Leap Toward Quantum Computing
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
By getting atoms to spin simultaneously in opposite directions, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology make advancements toward creating applications that could help computers solve problems much faster.
Intel Faces More Chipset Shortages
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
On Wednesday, Intel acknowledged that the short supplies for its notebook-based chipsets will continue at least until the first half of 2006.
Mozilla Releases Firefox 1.5
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Mozilla Corp. has released Firefox 1.5, a major update to the organization's open-source Web browser.
Mozilla Releases Firefox 1.5
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Mozilla Corp. has released Firefox 1.5, a major update to the organization's open-source Web browser.
BlackBerry Workarounds Readied To Sidestep Patent Problems
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Research In Motion Ltd. said Wednesday it is preparing workarounds to keep BlackBerry services in the United States up and running, in the event a court issues an injunction against the company as a result of ongoing patent litigation.
Wireless Carriers Cutting Churn Rates: Study
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Fewer customers are jumping ship, an In-Stat study says, mostly because of vendors' improved billing accuracy, the attitude of customer-service staff, and providing understandable bills. Challenges remain, though.
Microsoft To Update 'Windows Live' Web Mail Beta
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
The latest release, called "Milestone 4," includes better security against phishing and spam, as well as new features such as spell checking while a person types an e-mail.
Prediction No. 2: Manpower Reductions
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
With more and more manual processes associated with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance activities being automated through technology, we expect the people costs for SOX to fall off dramatically in 2006. This is actually a pretty safe bet since it will be the third year that large public companies have had to manage SOX compliance. One could assume that everyone is getting more adept, including the independent auditors, so manpower costs should go down as a percentage of overall costs associated with SOX
Sun Makes Certain App-Dev Tools Free
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
In a bid to pump up the number of enterprises using its tools, Sun is reducing to zero the base-level cost of its Java Enterprise System, its Sun N1 Management software, and other tools.
Fake IRS E-Mail Scam Goes Phishing
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Users are now being targeted with a new phishing attack posing as a tax refund from the Internal Revenue Service.
Google's "Space" Is (Mostly) Online
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
It's part market research for Google, and it's a great way to jump out of the virtual world and into the real one, to become more than just the search bar on the Internet. Helping real people do research on their destination locations is a wonderful marketing technique.
SmartAdvice: Businesses Wise To Set Acceptable-Use Internet Policies
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
It's important to spell out what can and can't be downloaded on company PCs, The Advisory Council says. Also, be prepared to manage the cultural differences to succeed in doing business in China.
Panda Prepares To Battle Corporate Espionage
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Panda Software is developing a service expected to launch early next year to protect enterprises against an emerging network security threat it calls "espionage," where professional hackers will target one specific company instead of many with tailor-made code.
Iomega Spins Mac Mini Drives
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Iomega launched a MiniMax desktop hard drive computer with dual USB 2.0 and FireWire data hubs for the Apple Mac Mini computer.
CA, PricewaterhouseCoopers Team On Asset Management
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
CA is melding its management software solutions with PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PWC) strategic approach to business to address IT enterprise assets.
IM Threats Skyrocket In November
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Not only did the number of threats grow, but the IM attacks no longer singled out just one vendor or network, Akonix reported.
NY AG Blasts Sony, Says Rootkit CDs Still For Sale
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office berated Sony yesterday for not making good on its promise to pull spyware-installing CDs from store shelves.
Apple Plugs 13 Holes In Panther, Tiger
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Apple Computer on Tuesday posted security updates to fix 13 vulnerabilities in the client and server versions of its Panther and Tiger operating systems. Apple does not rank its vulnerabilities, but Danish vulnerability tracker Secunia tagged the entire update as "highly critical," its second-highest alert ranking.
Tech Pros Were Happier With Jobs Last Month, But More Worried About Layoffs
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Renewed confidence about personal finances and improved job satisfaction provided a boost, but the survey showed that optimism was diluted by growing concerns about end-of-year layoffs.
Langa Letter: Free Tools For Road Warriors
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
Not everyone has (or wants) a GPS. These Web-based alternatives Fred Langa searched out make even complex route planning a snap!
Is Patent Insanity Ruining Software Innovation?
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
Many of the requirements that should define a patent, says Network Computing Editor Rob Preston. are all but forgotten when it comes to awarding protection to software and business processes. It's time to quit giving IT-industry patent traffickers a 'free' ride that costs everyone else dearly.
IE Exploit At Large, Microsoft Urges Scan
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Microsoft is now urging users to run a complete system scan on its new Windows Live Safety Center -- which has a quirk of its own -- to detect and delete malicious software targeting an unpatched bug in Internet Explorer.
Akron Builds Wi-Fi /WiMAX Mesh Network
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Although the initial rollout is still viewed as a pilot, the overall plan is for the network to be upgradeable, the city's CTO said.
Free Software Foundation To Revise GNU License
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
A first stab at the new license will be released by the FSF at a conference it's holding at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in mid-January. The final GPLv3 license is expected by spring 2007.
Ex-Computer Consultant Convicted In 'Google Murder' Trial
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
The guilty verdict of first-degree murder was won in part on evidence based on Google searches found on Robert Petrick's computer.
Microsoft's OneCare Goes Live
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Microsoft late Tuesday opened its OneCare Live security subscription service to broad beta testing.
Should Enterprises Plan For Possible BlackBerry Injunction?
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Enterprises, and particularly those in the financial services sector, should have contingency plans if a patent suit against Research In Motion (RIM) shuts down BlackBerry E-mail service, warns the TowerGroup.
Software Streams Media To Mobile Devices In Real Time
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Entertainment services company Thomson, which created the software, plans to license the technology to telecommunication carriers and cell phone manufacturers.
Microsoft Taps EPA CIO For E-Government Business
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Kimberly Nelson will serve as the software company's executive director of E-government in its U.S. public sector business.
Samsung Admission Could Aid Rambus
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
A plea agreement made public last week between Samsung and the U.S. government could help Rambus' antitrust case.
Windows Vista's Features Will Be Done In December, Microsoft Says
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Final version still due in the second half of 2006, "Longhorn" Windows Server in 2007
Podzinger Pushes Podcast Search
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
BBN Technologies, a defense contractor responsible for some of the Internet's technical underpinnings, wants to bring keyword search to spoken content through Podzinger.com, the company's podcast search engine.
Open For Business (Intelligence)
Commentary  |  11/29/2005  | 
"We are the most open-source-friendly traditional business intelligence vendor." That seems to be the mantra of every BI software maker these days, and they'll fall all over each other to yell it the loudest.
Hackers Circulate Exploit Code For Two Windows Flaws
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Microsoft is aware of both exploits, but doesn't see a threat, even though two security organizations have recommended users take immediate action.
Business Objects, Red Hat Strike Technology Partnership
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
The firms are pushing their tools, and especially the Linux operating system, as a reliable platform for running business intelligence applications.
Business Objects, Red Hat Strike Technology Partnership
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
The firms will join in marketing and selling programs to push the open-source Linux operating system for business intelligence applications.
Microsoft's Oasis Pushes More App Dev Offshore
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Microsoft has embarked on an internal IT effort called Oasis to move more of its internal app dev work to partners such as Infosys, Wipro, Tata, EDS, and BearingPoint.
HP Launches Formal Utility Computing Service
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Customers can buy access to basic IT infrastructure, including server, storage, network, operating system, and associated HP management tools, and pay per CPU hour.
Analyst Banks On Wireless, Comm Growth
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Robert Abbe, managing director at investment banking firm Jefferies Broadview, offers up his technology prognostications for the next few years.
Texas Instruments, Impinj Ink RFID Deal
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
TI will use the Monza chip, the first RFID-certified chip that meets the Gen 2 standard approved late last year.
Firefox 1.5 Release Imminent
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
The browser upgrade, which has been in beta since August and has gone through three release candidates this month, will be available for free download later Tuesday from the Mozilla site.
KDE Upgrades Its Linux Graphical Desktop
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Konqueror now passes the Acid2 Cascading Style Sheets test and includes an ad-block tool to filter Web page advertisements.
"Cyber Monday" Actually Happened On Thanksgiving
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
The online shopping crunch really happened on Thanksgiving night, according to one Web metrics firm, with more sites experiencing peak loads at that point.
Seagate Uses Sony Tech In Tiny Disk Drive
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
The one-inch drives are finding their way into mobile phones, camcorders, digital cameras, and MP3 players.
Companies Team On Linux-Based Phone
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
The partners demonstrated the design, which is built around MontaVista's version of Linux, at this week's World Handset Forum in San Diego.
Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance To Boost Tech Spending
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Companies will spend more on technology for Sarbox than on personnel so that compliance can "become repeatable," according to a new AMR report.
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